Call for Proposals: Women’s Health Special Collections

Posted by Kimberley Meijers on February 9, 2017 at 7:19 am

Women’s Health is an open access journal dedicated to the dissemination of information relevant to the wider women’s health community. For many diseases, women’s physiology and life-cycle hormonal changes demand important consideration when determining healthcare management options. Age-and gender-related factors can directly affect treatment outcomes, and differences in the clinical management of, for example, an adolescent female and a pre- or postmenopausal patient may be either subtle or profound. At the same time, there are certain conditions that are far more prevalent in women than in men, and these may require special attention. Women’s Health focuses on the most important advances and highlights their relevance.

Women’s Health Special Collections

Special collections deal with topics of high current interest that fall within the scope of Women’s Health. They should be organised by recognised experts in the area and attract articles of the highest quality. Special collection proposals are welcome at any time during the year, and should be submitted to

If your special collection is selected for publication, you will benefit from:

  • Targeted marketing campaigns to drive submissions
  • Digital promotion of the special collection
  • The freedom to contribute up to four papers to your special collection (of these four papers, one short introductory Editorial and one long Review Article will be exempted from the regular open access publication charges of the journal)
  • Being a Guest Editor for a MEDLINE-indexed journal

For further information on putting together and submitting your proposal, please see our Guidelines for Guest Editors.

Guidelines for Guest Editors – Women’s Health

Proposals for special collections should be submitted by the Guest Editor and must include the following:
  • A suggested title (up to 10 words)
  • A proposed Aims & Scope, giving an overview of the intended focus of the collection and a list of t opics to be covered. The topic should be of current interest, broad enough to attract a reasonable number of submissions, and yet narrow enough to retain a strong focus for the collection
  • Six succinct keywords or MeSH terms to reflect the main themes of the collection
  • The name, email, affiliation and a short biography of the Guest Editor(s)
  • Proposed timeframes for the following:
    • Deadline for submission
    • First round of review
    • First papers published
Guest Editors should not have more than one active special collection proposal at a time. All proposals are subject to approval by the journal’s Editors. If approved, a call for papers will be issued and posted online. The Guest Editor’s name may be used in promotional activities for the collection. Guest Editors are free to contribute a maximum of four articles to their collection. Of these four, one introductory Editorial and one Review Article will be exempted from the regular publication charges of the journal.

Initial assessment and review

The Guest Editor will be responsible for overseeing the peer review of the articles submitted to the collection; however, the final editorial decision will remain with the journal’s Editors. The Guest Editor’s main editorial tasks will be to provide an initial assessment of the suitability of the submitted manuscripts and to suggest suitable peer reviewers, with no conflicts of interest, for each manuscript. Each manuscript must be reviewed by at least two independent referees. Guest Editors may not act as reviewer for any of the collection’s manuscripts. The Guest Editor will also be expected to commission articles for the collection. To ensure the success of the special collection, we generally aim to have over 15 submissions. These will be obtained through a mixture of commissioning and marketing activities.

Guest Editors must disclose any potential conflicts of interest relating to the submitting authors or submitted manuscripts. In such cases, the manuscript may be handled by another Editor. Women’s Health operates using a double-blind peer-review process; that is, neither the author nor the reviewer information is made available to anyone except the Editors whilst the manuscript is under review.

Article Processing Charge

Women’s Healthis an open access journal and, as such, authors will be asked to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) of $1,500 should their manuscript be
accepted for publication.